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FG begins phase-out of harmful refrigerants, ozone depleting substances

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The Federal Authorities has commenced the phasing out of ozone-depleting chemical compounds and harmful refrigerants imported into the nation.

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The federal government says the removing of the substances is a part of its compliance with the Montreal Protocol on decreasing Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, HCFCs, a substance largely used within the air-con and refrigeration sectors in addition to a blowing agent within the foam manufacturing sector.

The Minister of Surroundings, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, who disclosed the federal government’s transfer, stated the implementation will section out at the very least 51.35% of harmful refrigerants consumed within the nation by 2023.

Dr Abubakar says the implementation of the phase-out grew to become expedient following the collection of deadly explosions in Ogun State not too long ago because of adulterated refrigerants.

He attributed the explosions to the alleged use of adulterated refrigerants for servicing and restore of air-con tools.

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He stated, “It is necessary that we’re commencing this course of at a time when security is paramount in using Pure Refrigerants resulting from their flammability, toxicity and excessive pressures.”

With help from the Montreal Protocol’s multilateral fund, Nigeria is predicted to make sure that related firms convert to using non-Ozone depleting applied sciences of their operations; coaching and manufacturing capability.

Nigeria is especially implementing Stage 11 of the whole phase-out, with emphasis on coaching technicians on the secure use of alternate options in addition to growing insurance policies to ban the importation of dangerous substances into the nation.

‘‘At stage 1, a Pilot Hydrocarbon Plant, for the manufacturing of high-grade Hydrocarbon Refrigerants was established for use as an alternative choice to non Ozone Depleting refrigerants within the refrigeration and air-con servicing sector,” stated the minister.

“The plant which is one in all two in Africa, the opposite being in South Africa will present availability of Ozone-friendly and Low World warming potential blowing brokers within the manufacturing of inflexible foam, generate overseas change for the nation from the export of Methyl formate and save overseas on native manufacturing.”

The minister defined that the phase-out course of will likely be executed by the Federal Ministry of Surroundings in collaboration with the United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Growth Organisation (UNIDO), the Italian Authorities, the Nigerian Customs Service, the Federal Ministry of Training, the Small & Medium Enterprises Growth Company of Nigeria, the Nigerian Affiliation of Fridges and Air-conditioning Practitioners (NARAP) and Refrigeration Coaching Facilities.

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